Can you believe it? March 7 and your learning vacation is in a few short days and so is my favorite educational technology conference – the Michigan Association Computer Users in Learning (MACUL) conference in Grand Rapids. You may ask, what’s so great about this MACUL thing? First, it’s a great opportunity to meet other people with the same interests in integrating technology into their teaching and learning. Second, you get to hear so many great ideas, your head might explode. What’s not to love about that?
A backpack. The conference tote bags are nice and all, but I immediately transfer everything to my backpack. It’s much easier to manage all of your gear and swag you collect in a backpack, plus it’s much more comfortable.
Water bottle – you will get a bit thirsty and standing in line is probably not your favorite thing to do.
A stack of business cards. You’ll meet all kinds of cool people and you’ll want a way to track them down later. I always write what we talked about on the back of their cards.
I can’t wait to see you there while we learn and empower education together. This is an exciting time in education, and MACUL is a great place to see why and learn more about how you can make a difference in the lives of our students.
We are thrilled to announce there will be no more dues for the same great MACUL membership over 4,000 of you have enjoyed this year. This historic move begins immediately. Like, right now. Invite your colleagues and friends around the world to enjoy the benefit of your favorite professional learning network for no cost.
MACUL’s mission is to ignite learning through meaningful collaboration and innovation. In order to increase the opportunities for collaboration, the MACUL board chose to remove the barrier of fees for membership. Several ISTE affiliate organizations (groups like MACUL in other states) have gone to a no dues membership and experienced tremendous growth. More MACUL members mean greater opportunities for collaboration and innovation. As a result, our organization will have bigger reach and impact throughout the state and even the nation.
Nothing changes for current members. Your membership is still active and you won’t have to pay to renew. Additionally by attending 2012 MACUL Conference or any other MACUL sponsored event you will be automatically registered for a MACUL membership.
We now interrupt your normally scheduled blog posting for a message from Ric Wiltse, MACUL’s Executive Director:
Time is running out!
Tuesday, March 3 is the early registration deadline for the 2009 MACUL
Conference held in Detroit on March 18-20. After 3/3 registration
rates increase by $30.
Don’t miss the 33nd Annual MACUL conference, featuring an outstanding
line up of presentations by nationally known speakers and top
technology using educators from Michigan and the Midwest. You will
also want to see the latest and greatest in educational technology
displayed in our large exhibit hall. Participants will also be able
to experience the Digital World Model Classroom, showcasing the latest
and greatest technology in a model school setting. Attendees will
also have the opportunity to tour the Detroit Science Center at a
special reception on Thursday, March 19.
Also, there’s still time to register for the Student Technology
Showcase. Bring a team of students and qualify for a registration
In other words, if you’ve been on the fence about going to the conference, or if your district still needs a little convincing, this is your last chance. A week from now and you’ll have to come up with an extra 30 bucks, yikes!
We all know that many components are necessary when implementing technology initiatives in schools. Administrative leadership is one of the key components. In case you didn’t know, complimentary conference registrations are being offered to Superintendents and School Board members with each fully-paid two day conference registration from a school district. There will also be a complimentary administrative breakfast the morning of March 6; Marion Ginopolis (MI-Life) will be the guest speaker. Be sure to extend an invitation today!